Looking for something festive to do with the family this month? There are plenty of New Jersey festivals to keep you busy, including holiday light shows, shopping bazaars (perfect for picking up those last-minute gifts) and historical celebrations. Check out our list of ten awesome festivals taking place in the Garden State this December!

Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show

Where: DeVry University, 630 Route 1, North Brunswick

When: November 25 to December 30 (Monday-Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm & Friday-Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00 pm)

Price: $12.50-15 for adults, $7.50-10 for children 3-12, free for kids under 3

Details: Attend the only major light show in New Jersey and enjoy a spectacular 20-minute animated light display set to music. This event includes raffles, food trucks, vendors, face painting and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hugs for Brady Foundation, a local charity dedicated to helping children with cancer.

More info: Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show

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Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

Where: The Morristown Green, North Park Place, Morristown

When: November 27 to December 23, hours vary

Price: Free admission

Details: Morristown’s annual holiday celebration kicked off with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Green on November 27th. Activities vary from weekend to weekend, so be sure to check the website for each day’s agenda. Featured events include photos with Santa Claus, miniature train rides, ice sculpting demonstrations and gingerbread house making.

More info: Christmas Festival or call 973-455-1133

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Festival of Lights

Where: Cohanzick Zoo, 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton

When: December 1 to 3 from dusk until 8:00 pm

Price: $3 admission

Details: The Bridgeton Department of Recreation’s annual Festival of Lights is a community favorite. Enjoy gorgeously lit holiday decorations, food vendors, crafts, music and train rides. Stroll through the zoo and stop by for a visit with Old Saint Nick.

More info: Festival of Lights or call 856-453-1675

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Hometown Holiday

Where: Main Street, Hackettstown

When: December 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Price: Free admission

Details: Kick off the holiday season with the 11th annual Hometown Holiday in downtown Hackettstown. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through town and enjoy music from the Colonial Musketeers Junior & Senior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps. Grab a treat at the dining tent and stop by the Holiday Shopping Bazaar for the perfect gift. And don’t miss the Santa Parade, Tree Lighting and Santa Selfie Station!

More info: Hometown Holiday or call 908-850-5004

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Christkindlmarkt

Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton

When: December 2 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, December 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: $5 admission

Details: Sip on hot mulled sangria and apple cider wine from Laurita Winery as you decorate gingerbread houses, delight in the Festival of Trees or take a holiday horse wagon ride. This annual event features a holiday market, craft fair, food vendors, children’s rides and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic seaport.

More info: Christkindlmarkt or call 609-296-8868

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Dickens of a Holiday Festival

Where: Various locations throughout Mays Landing

When: December 3 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, fee for Santa breakfast

Details: Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus at the Masonic Lodge in the morning ($8 for adults and $5 for children). Afterwards, head over to Memorial Park, Presbyterian Fellowship Hall or the Atlantic County Library for other activities like kids’ crafts, storytime, a snowball toss, multiple vendors and free Polar Express rides.

More info: Dickens of a Holiday Festival

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Winter in the Pines

Where: Historic Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton

december fairsWhen: December 4 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, fees for certain activities

Details: Stroll through Historic Batsto Village for a holiday celebration of Batsto’s 250th anniversary. Check out the Pitman Original HoBo Band at 1:00 pm or experience a carriage ride through the village. Tour the Batsto Mansion in all its holiday splendor and listen to the Aurora Choir of St. Nicholas Church as they regale visitors with seasonal tunes.

More info: Batsto Village or call 609-561-0024


Wildwood’s Family Holiday Celebration

Where: North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Central Avenue, North Wildwood

When: December 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm & December 10 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission

Details: The 9th annual Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration starts with the parade on Friday night, followed by awards and a tree lighting ceremony. The good times continue at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday with face painters, holiday shopping, crafts for children, a stocking-making table, holiday movies and much more!

More info: Wildwood Family Holiday or call 609-729-9000

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Victorian Holiday Festival

Where: Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, 45 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove

When: December 10 & 11, hours vary

Price: Free admission, $30 for tour tickets

Details: Visit historic Ocean Grove for their annual holiday festival. Tour area homes and tents, witness the live nativity pageant, watch the Christmas tree lighting and enjoy Christmas carols in the park. High tea is available at the Lillagaard Hotel on Sunday afternoon–tickets are $40 and include 6 courses and a tour of the hotel.

More info: Victorian Holiday Festival or call 732-774-1391

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Patriots Week

Where: Various locations in downtown Trenton

When: December 26 to 31, hours vary

Price: Admission fees vary

Details: Commemorate Trenton’s role in the American Revolution with the annual celebration of Patriots Week. Thousands flock to the city for this fun and educational event. Witness battlefield reenactments and enjoy historic walking tours, concerts, lectures and puppet shows. The website will be updated with a detailed schedule soon.

More info: Patriots Week or call 609-393-8998

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Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.


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